DAMA is an independent project taking place within historical venues in the center of Turin to involve a group of international galleries carefully invited by the artistic direction. From 2016 DAMA presents brand-new languages by emerging artists taking inspiration from Le città invisibili, a novel by Italo Calvino published in 1972, to offer a certain intimacy by installing a bespoke exhibition where artworks can be presented in a unique way, to provide to the visitors, the participating galleries and the artists a privileged environment dedicated to meaningful dialogue between contemporary art practices and history.
A parallel program of video and performance took shape every year through the contribution of international curators invited on a rotating basis: Lorenzo Balbi (2016), Joao Laia (2017), Martha Kirszenbaum (2018) and Elise Lammer (2019).
In 2020 DAMA marked its 5th anniversary with a new curatorial board composed by Elise Lammer and Ludovica Parenti whose mission points to reinforce the position within the international art calendar continuing to develop an alternative format based on solo presentations in addition to existing structures.
Due to the health emergency the 2020 edition has been suspended after a long work based on the attention to defend the contemporary culture through the most complex languages of contemporary art: video, sound and performance.
The choice to cancel the 5th edition will be an opportunity to lay the foundations for a stronger 2021 edition.